The Asia-Pacific C4ISR market is estimated to register a CAGR of over 4%, during the forecast period, 2020 - 2025.
- Advancements and developments in the field of battlefield management for obtaining better tactical communications and improving the effectiveness of surveillance and reconnaissance missions are driving the Asia-Pacific C4ISR market.
- The growing demand for the development of electronic warfare by countries, such as China, India, and Japan, is expected to generate more demand for the C4ISR market.
- The growing use of Artificial Intelligence is also influencing the growth of the market. The complexity of the current C4ISR environment and the high amount of the generated data have given rise to the need for automated systems that can ingest data at high volume, process it with low latency, and derive actionable intelligence.
Key Market Trends
The Land Segment Witnessed a Largest Market Share in 2019
- Currently, the land segment dominates the market due to the increasing territorial issues between the countries in the region. Along with the problems among the countries in the region that share common land borders, conflicts prevail for some countries in the region. These issues have forced the countries to increase their ISR capabilities, apart from modernizing their armed forces.
- Therefore, these factors are expected to drive the procurement of various land vehicles, which, in turn, is expected to generate more demand for better and advanced tactical communication links, along with electronic warfare hardware and software.
- However, countries in the region are facing significant challenges, like securing data storage and mining infrastructure, bringing more synergy in analysis, enhancement of image processing, information-sharing capabilities, and digitization of existing information and its co-relation.
- Additionally, the space-based segment is expected to witness the highest CAGR during the forecast period, as the need for better surveillance and faster response time has grown over the years. Countries in Asia-Pacific are investing heavily to obtain better space-based C4ISR capabilities, to bolster their knowledge of activities in the region.
China to Experience the Highest CAGR during the Forecast Period
- China had the highest share in the market in 2019, and it is expected to dominate the market throughout the forecast period, due to the developments of manned and unmanned aircraft, reconnaissance satellites, and sophisticated ground-based infrastructure that are deployed into China’s emerging network-centric military.
- Additionally, the country is involved in the development of advanced UAVs, like the Wing Loong ID UAV, which is designed for missions, like intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), border patrol, counter-terrorism, and anti-smuggling. China developed its AEWC&C system, KJ-2000. The KJ-2000 has indigenously produced phased array radar capable of tracking sixty to one hundred aerial targets simultaneously at up to four hundred and seventy kilometers.
- China is also investing heavily in space-based C4ISR capabilities. The country has allocated significant resources for improving space-related R&D and launch infrastructure.
- In the past few years, there has been a significant advancement in China’s C4ISR related space development programs, like the Beidou-2 satellite series, which is the country’s GPS alternative and may receive global coverage by mid-2020. China has also modernized and expanded its space launch infrastructure to facilitate space C4ISR programs. Such developments are expected to propel the market growth of the country during the forecast period.
- The prominent international players in the market studied are Lockheed Martin Corporation, Thales Group, Raytheon Company, BAE Systems PLC, and General Dynamics Corporation. However, due to the growth of indigenous development of arms, military equipment, and manned and unmanned vehicles, countries, such as China and India, are supporting the local players, including AVIC and DRDO, to develop advanced military technologies that can support the armed forces.
- This is expected to hamper the growth of the international players in Asia-Pacific. Many companies are pitching their products to the countries in the region to increase their market presence. For instance, in February 2020, at DEFEXPO India, Rafael Advanced Systems showcased BNET broadband IP SDR (software-defined radio) for tactical communications. The system provides high-speed, low-delay, reliable connectivity for broadband data, voice, and video on the move.
- According to the company, it delivers unprecedented network capacity, in terms of data rates, number of users and minimal delay, and BNET, that enables all land, sea, and air radio units, to participate in a single, seamless, scalable mobile, and adhoc network (MANET).
- Companies are also benefitting from the modernization programs implemented by the countries. For instance, in March 2020, the Indonesian Navy signed a contract with Thales and Len Industri, for the complete modernization of KRI Usman-Harun multi-role light frigate’s mission system. In the agreement, Thales and Len Industri are expected to install the TACTICOS Combat Management System, the SMART-S Mk2 air and surface surveillance radar, the STIR EO Mk2 radar and EO fire control system, and the Vigile Mk2 tactical multi-purpose R-ESM systems. The upgradation of KRI Usman-Harun is expected to be completed by 2023. Such developments are expected to bolster the market opportunities for foreign players in the region.
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